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Wallace & Gromit - A Close Shave (1996)
Studio: Warner Home Video
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Editorial Reviews:
Hot from the international triumph of The Wrong Trousers, clay animator Nick Park knew that his third Wallace & Gromit film was going to have to be the biggest and best adventure yet for the mild-mannered inventor Wallace and his perceptive pooch Gromit. With the ambitiously zany plot of A Close Shave, Park and his fellow animators rose to the occasion and their film won the 1995 Academy Award (Park's second Oscar) for Best Animated Short. This time out, Wallace & Gromit have teamed up to provide a window-washing service, and that's how Wallace meets the lovely Wendolene Ramsbottom, a wool-shop owner whose malevolent dog Preston turns out to be the mastermind of a sheep-napping scheme! Of course, no Wallace & Gromit adventure can be without a grandiose gadget, so Wallace's latest invention is the Knit-O-Matic, a yarn-making machine capable of shearing a whole flock of sheep just a bit too efficiently! When the villainous Preston gains control of the mechanical knitting marvel, Gromit must race to the rescue, and A Close Shave reaches new heights of clay-animation mastery. Every shot is a testament to Nick Park's patience, his clever ingenuity, and his filmmaking flair. The movie's so technically impressive, in fact, that the whole world wondered where Park could go next. It was clear that Wallace & Gromit would eventually star in an animated feature-length movie, since this marvelous 30-minute film represents its own kind of short-form perfection. --Jeff Shannon

Product Details
  • Starring: Peter Sallis
  • Director: Nick Park
  • Format: Color, Animated, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Video Release Date: July 10, 2023
  • Running Time: 30
  • Language: E (E), O (O)
  • ASIN: B00004W3HB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 Based on 12 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 12966

Customer Reviews

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Not as good as the other two, but still worth 5 stars!, Dec 5, 2022
A Close Shave wasn't quite as good as the other two, but it's still a great video. In this one, Wallace & Gromit have a new window washing service. One day, they are called to wash windows and a store where Wallace meets Wendolene, the owner of the shop. She is nice but her evil dog, Preston, is up to no good. He has planned to steal Wallace's latest invention, the Knit-O-Matic and use it to make sheep into dog food. Find out how Wallace & Gromit stop at nothing to prevent Preston from taking over the Knit-O-Matic.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

4Still good, Jul 23, 2023
This is the third of Nick Park's incredible Wallace and Gromit series. It's certainly the most complex. There are lots more characters (including one with a speaking part), lots more cartoony gadgetry, and a great chase scence. That involves a truck, motorcycle, airplane, and flock of sheep - good stuff.

For all that, "A Close Shave" really isn't my favorite in the W&G; trilogy. The love interest was a bit forced, for one thing, and the plot had a slightly serious tone that just didn't work for me the way the other W&G; movies did. Well, I can't blame him for trying.

"A Close Shave" is a worthy companion to Park's other W&G; stories. It's kid-safe, with no real violence or adult themes, but still holds an adult's attentio. My attention, at least. Enjoy!


0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Family entertainment like it used to be!, Dec 1, 2022
Good clean entertainment that does not rely on double entendres to keep the adults entertained.

This really is entertaining for all ages, and that is a great achievement.

The characters are cute without being sickly sweet and the story is well paced and heartwarming.

This video sold a million toys and boosted sales of cheese (!). Give it a go - you will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5Far-out for anyone!, Sep 14, 2023
I first saw this Wallace and Gromit film when it was run on Cartoon Network. I loved it and I had to watch it again so I rented it and liked it even more the second time around! And now I bought it! In the film, news gets around town that there's mysterious sheep rustling going about, and it really gets suspicious when Wallace, the polite inventor and his faithful pet dog Gromit are hired to clean the windows of a wool shop. On that day, Wallace becomes hopelessly infatuated with shop owner Wendolene. Little does he realize that she (or rather her evil dog Preston) is behind the sheep rustling, and frames Gromit for his dastardly deeds. So it's up to Wallace, Shaun and a slew of other sheep to get him out of jail and stop Preston from slaughtering innocent sheep to make dog food out of. All in all groovy, very cute, and non-violent. I reccomend it to anyone at any age! :o)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

5Funny, cute, delightful.! A must have!, May 31, 2023
I saw this video for the first time when babysitting and the kids had it. I was surprised how engaging, charming and funny it was. Saw it again when I borrowed it from my library and liked it even better the second time. It's good for family viewing, for adult viewing if you like English humor, are tired of the typical action or comedy movie and/or just want to pass an enjoyable 30 minutes. It's a great pick-me-up if you've been feeling down. Wallace and Gromit are fun, the stories are interesting and not at all dumb or childish in my opinion. Shaun the sheep is adorable and Wallace's interest in Wendolene Ramsbottom (:D) is fun too. Absolutely wonderful! A must have!


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